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Game Notes: March 11 vs. Islanders

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues will complete a back-to-back home set against the Islanders tonight. St. Louis is coming off an emotional win as Joel Edmundson sent the Anaheim Ducks packing with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation last night. The win moved the Blues three points clear of Los Angeles for the final Wild Card spot, while they also pulled to within two points of Nashville for third place in the Central Division. The Blues have fared well against the Islanders in recent years, posting points in seven of their last eight meetings (5-1-2). The series at Scottrade Center has seen the Blues win four of the last five, outscoring the Isles 22-9 in the process. The Blues have gone 16-12-1 vs. the East this season, and more impressively, they are 7-2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blues' last regulation home loss to the Islanders came back on Dec. 6, 2005, when current Isles Head Coach Doug Weight logged 26:57 of playing time and one assist as a member of the Blues.

What to Watch

Keep an eye on the Blues' top performers vs. the East. Vladimir Tarasenko leads all Western Conference skaters with 15 goals vs. the East this season, while Carter Hutton has posted the fifth-best goals-against average (2.33) among goalies from the West this season. As a whole, the Blues have been dominant against the East over the past six seasons. Their .668 win-percentage in inter-conference play is best only by Chicago (.679) in the West, while their plus-69 goal differential is 10 better than any other Western Conference club.

Milestones

David Perron - 3 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 8 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 1 shy of 200 games as a Blue
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 9 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 5 shy of 300 points as a Blue / 6 shy of 400 career PIM / 10 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jaden Schwartz - 1 shy of 200 career points
Jay Bouwmeester - 8 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Robert Bortuzzo - 7 shy of 200 career games

Video: Storylines for March 11 vs. the Islanders

Quick Hits
  • Paul Stastny will dress in his 200th game as a Blue. Stastny logged his 18th goal of the year last night, marking his highest total as a Blue
  • Alex Pietrangelo collected his 229th assist last night, passing Adam Oates for 12th on the all-time franchise list
  • Vladimir Tarasenko recorded his 30th goal last night, becoming the first Blue since Keith Tkachuk (2001-04) to score 30 in three straight seasons
  • Alexander Steen has 19 points (6g, 13a) in 20 career games against the Islanders

50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 2003, New York Islanders traded goaltender Chris Osgood to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for center Justin Papineau and future considerations
 

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